We’re always on the look out for the next exciting sporting challenge, so when we heard that a new bike festival is set to arrive in London next summer, we went along to find out more from London’s Mayor Boris Johnson.
As the Olympics came to a close, Johnson announced that RideLondon, which is set to be the UK’s biggest free cycling festival, will take place in the capital on August 3-4, 2013. The Mayor plans to build on Team GB’s cycling success at the Games by encouraging us all to get out and ride our bikes more.
With that Olympic legacy in mind, the RideLondon weekend offers something for everyone. The weekend kicks off on August 3 with Freecycle, a mass-participation bike ride on an eight-mile loop around central London, taking in iconic landmarks like Tower Bridge, the House of Parliament and Buckingham Palace. The streets will be closed to traffic to encourage cyclists of all standards to have a go.
If you’re a Wiggo wannabee, the RideLondon 100 on August 4 is – you’ve guessed it – a 100-mile sportive that starts at the Olympic Park in east London before picking up the Olympic road-race route for a blast down into the Surrey Hills. The event is likely to attract around 20,000 cyclists and the organizers hope that the RideLondon 100 will become the biggest charity cycling event in the world. See you on the start line!
Once you’ve done your stint in the saddle, it’s time to sit back and watch the pros race. The RideLondon Classic at 12:30 on August 4 will feature 150 professional riders take on the Olympic road race. Could Cav take the win that he was denied at the Olympic road race? Maybe Bradley Wiggins will be celebrating his second Tour de France win. Whatever success British cyclists enjoy between now and then, this will be your chance to come out and show your support for the world’s best on the streets of the city.
To find out more, visit ridelondon.co.uk. You can register now for RideLondon’s Freecycle, and enter the ballot for a place at the RideLondon100.